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Cotmanhay Junior School

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Y4 Term 4 Christianity

National Curriculum Content

Our local council, Derbyshire and Derby City are responsible for deciding the RE syllabus.  The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education for 2020–2025, states the principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.  


Our school uses the Discovery RE enquiry-based approach for teaching RE. Each curriculum area is created around an enquiry question.


Enquiry Question

Is forgiveness always possible for Christians?


Overall and Lesson Objectives

To understand how Jesus’ life, death and resurrection teaches Christians about forgiveness.

  1. Engagement – Understand the meaning of forgiveness and whether or not it is always possible.
  2. Investigation – To know that Jesus was betrayed and Christians believe that his death offers them forgiveness from God.
  3. Evaluation – Evaluate Jesus’ teachings on forgiveness and why Christians find them important today.
  4. Expression – Express what forgiveness means to us as individuals.


What we want children to know

  • What forgiveness is.
  • That Jesus was betrayed and he still choses to forgive.
  • What Jesus taught others about forgiveness.
  • Why forgiveness is important to us.


What skills we want children to develop

  • To understand individual liberty
  • To have mutual respect
  • To show tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs



Forgiveness, Lord’s Prayer, resurrection, Last Supper